Earlier today, I had watched the 2017 VH1’s Hip-Hop Honors – The 90s Game Changers, I wasn’t impressed. Throughout the 45-minute show, many thoughts flourished at once: What is Regina Hall doing? , There are no other nominees ?, Can Tichina Arnold give her speech to honoree and co-star Martin Lawrence in peace?
The important question: Where are the celebrities who were Actual pioneers of the 90s? Big hitters: L.L.CoolJ, Mobb Deep, TLC, P.Diddy, the Wayans Bros and others had heavily influenced the 90s. The selected nominees weren’t all 90s famous stars. The three of the six nominees: Martin Lawrence, Hype Williams, and Mariah Carey were 90s household names.
Hip-Hop icon and BET’s 2016 Hip-Hop honoree Missy Elliot opens the ceremony performing her usual killer dance routine the best part of the show. The host, actress Regina Hall introduces the highlights of the event. She lacked energy and tried too hard to interact with the audience. Luckily, there were few performance/acts before presenting awards by music artists: Lil Kim, Trina, Trick Daddy, Remy Ma, Fat Joe and Teyana Taylor performing Dancing Redley on a broken foot!
I am not downgrading the works of these nominees because they all contributed the growth, but there’s other artists who created the foundation of the decade, becoming a groundbreaking phenomenon. I wasn’t the one who felt the forgotten acknowledgment of several important artists. SVW member Leelee Lyons made her feelings known on twitter: “Soooooo, @VH1 is doing a show on game changers of the 90’s, but not invite most of the artists that changed the game? Where they do that at?”
Hopefully next year VH1 will do better and update their knowledge of music. But here is a heartfelt clip of Martin Lawrence tribute: